Saturday, June 28, 2008

Wall-e (movie review)

I was pleasantly surprised by this film, a work of art right down to the closing credits.

The allusions to Arthur C. Clarke's 2001 Space Odyssey are transparent, more subtle are the ones to Idiocracy (a lesser known film) and even more subtle to The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, a story that really got the ball rolling on this whole genre (future as satire) in some ways.

Eve is this hyper-spy Morlock, designed to self protect at any cost, whereas Wall-e is living the philosophers' dream of always replacing the next broken part, and so immortal in some machine world sense (very Archie, to have a cockroach as a fellow traveler, the proverbial bio-survivor -- might as well be mechanical).

The machines are the Morlocks, humans the Eloi, a twist Wells would likely have much appreciated, plus the rendition was exquisite I thought. Wonderful to cast Sigourney Weaver as the voice of the space ship.

So why is Google down in Edmonton, Canada today, or is that not the problem? Turns out it wasn't.